Sunday 21 May 2023

The day started off with clear skies and feeble south-easterlies, which later swinged round to the north-west. It was an entertaining day in terms of migrants with a nice range of species logged. However, the highlight was witnessing some strange migration in action, as a flock of 44 Woodpigeons and 10 Collared Doves were seen moving south over the Wetlands!

Record shot of the mega Woodpigeon migration! © Ollie King

The other highlights of the day included the first Reed Warbler of the year, that was singing in Cristin Withy, alongside a late Grey Wagtail, a Kestrel, a Dunlin, a Curlew, three Turnstones,  and two Swifts. Hirundines were moving through the Island as two Sand Martins, 28 Swallows and 11 House Martins were logged.

View of the mainland from the Mountain © Ollie King

Other migrants today included four Spotted Flycatchers, a Chiffchaff, a Grey Heron, and four Lesser Redpolls.

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